A fresh and inclusive perspective on the world of drinks, including more than 50 cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks
A flavor-focused drinks recipe book with a feminist slant, Spirited opens up the "boys' club" world of serious cocktails and features drinks both alcoholic and booze-free. Spirited brings together 50 well-crafted cocktail recipes, all fueled by a cook's palate and a love of creative ingredients. Signe Johansen's recipes play with a wide range of flavors such as fresh, floral, herbal, and spicy notes and encourage you to think like a cook, not a bartender.
With chapters on drambling (the joy of winter walks and whisky), creative and delicious drinks to serve at gatherings, warming nightcaps, and non-alcoholic "soothies" to calm an ailing spirit, there is a tipple here for every occasion. There is also a collection of recipes called Cupboard Cocktails—made from staple ingredients you may already have in your kitchen—and more ambitious weekend projects for gifts or special occasions.
Spirited is a refreshing departure from earnest mixologists writing about the "'art of the cocktail"—books often written by men, for men. Instead, Signe opens the field for everyone and celebrates the convivial and social experience of healthy hedonism and raising a glass together. This is a warm and inclusive companion to the subject, packed with trade secrets, delicious recipes, and fascinating insight into the world of drinks.
Signe Johansen has a degree in archaeology and anthropology from the University of Cambridge.
She then trained at Leiths School of Food and Wine in London, worked in several of the UK's top restaurants before doing a Masters in the anthropology of food at SOAS.
Two critically acclaimed 'Scandilicious' books on Scandinavian food followed, along with contributions to 12 other books on food and restaurants.
Signe has also written for the FT and delicious, The Times, Sunday Times, Daily Mail, Stella and Marie Claire.